The main plot revolves around the marriage choices of Alice Vavasor. Early in the novel, Alice asks the question "What should a woman do with her life?" -- a theme repeated in the dilemmas faced by other female characters in the novel.
Award-winning screenplay writer Henderson Smith has always been fascinated by fairy tales. Today she chats with us about her book, "The Ugly Princess: The Legend of the Winnowwood." She explains why she made her princess ugly, why she finds the original fairy tales so enchanting and how her heart is ruled by a certain papichuahua.